60 students entered into a New School University building early in the morning April 10 and occupied it for over five hours before a violent NYPD raid broke the demonstration up, resulting in the arrests of 19 people.

The students were calling for the resignation of Bob Kerrey, the embattled President of the New School, and James Murtha, the Vice President. The occupiers were also demanding greater transparency and accountability, and more student power in decisions regarding how the New School’s money is spent and how the school operates.

An occupation of the same building, 65 Fifth Ave. in Greenwich Village, occurred in December, and ended with some of the demands being met, although the administration of the New School did not step down.

This time, however, Kerrey did not allow the occupation to go on for long, and sent in NYPD officers to break up the protest. Despite NYPD and New School administration claims to the contrary, pepper spray and tear gas was used, and dozens of arrests were made. A few more arrests occurred at a nighttime rally that was hastily organized, with 200 people rallying in Union Square before marching to Kerrey’s house. For more information and coverage, see the links and resources below.

Coverage from NYC Indymedia: New School Occupation: What The F*ck Happened Friday Morning? || New School Occupation. April 10, 2009 || Photos: New School Occupation || A Response to Bob Kerrey’s “Note to the Community” || The Ruling Class, the[ir] NYPD, the New School and Broken Windows || We’re Still At It. Here’s Why || FAQ: New School Re-Occupation

Reports from around the web: “Occupy Everything Right Now” from the Nation || Associated Press article || NY Daily News article || NY Times City Room coverage || New School Free Press coverage

Resources: The New School Re-Occupied Blog || The New School In Exile || Emancipating Education for All